Conference Schedule

Post-Secondary Institutions Put On Notice: Examining Campus Sexual Assault Policies, Its Implications, and Possible Solutions

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
Cherlene Cheung University of Windsor Show biographies
Cherlene is a JD/MSW student at the University of Windsor. She is passionate in advocating for a true access to justice process for survivors of sexual assault. Cherlene hopes to continue challenging institutional silencing on sexual assault on campus with SFCC.
Wansoo Park University of Windsor
WANSOO PARK is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. She previously taught in the Social Work department at the Georgia State University. Her teaching interests include program evaluation, research methods, group work, community practice as well as international social work. Her practice background includes health promotion, program development, program evaluation, and community practice with immigrant communities. Her areas of interest are grounded in promoting civic engagement, social inclusion and making connections between and amongst individuals, families, institutions, communities, programs, and policies in multicultural society. She is particularly interested in the area of health and mental health among immigrant and transnational families across life span.

In response to Bill 132, the media, and student activism, post-secondary institutions across Ontario are mandated to have standalone sexual violence policies. The provincial legislation mandate was well-intentioned, but are they truly meeting student needs? Using the Student for Consent Culture (SFCC) report, Our Turn: National Action Plan to End Campus Sexual Violence, the presentation finds that post-secondary sexual assault policies across the country widely varied. The qualitative data indicates that students may even be better served by a combative and ineffective criminal process instead (Bonnyman, 2017). As such, the presentation explores a set of minimum standards for all university policies to have in order to fulfill the true meaning of the provincial legislation. This approach is prudent as it will fill the gaps in knowledge around the best practices for processes that respond to sexual violence while having students and student survivors leading that conversation. This will then in turn allow viewers to engage in crucial conversations about the impact of campus sexual violence, accountability, and rape culture in the academic environment. As a result, the presentation will challenge us to think critically about how best to promote a safe learning environment for all.